Digital Techniques
The Digital Darkroom

    So, you have your fancy new digital camera, or your great new scanner, and have collected yourself a bunch of digital images. Now what? You can print your digital pictures to your printer, and with the right paper, and a good enough printer, they should look nearly as good as regular photographs taken with a film camera. Still, if this is all there is to it, why not just get a Polaroid, or pick up one of the better SLR's and use a one hour photo lab? People who simply utilize their new digital cameras as electonic versions of film cameras, are missing many of the real strengths of this new medium. Much of digital imaging has to do with the digital darkroom, and desktop publishing.

    Make yourself a "negative" of your photos. This is easy enough to do, and will save you some real grief if you ever inadvertantly damage, modify, or delete a photo. The proccess is easy enough. before you touch your photographs, store a back up copy on the native, uncompressed format of whatever made the image. In some cases, this will be a bitmap, in others a proprietary "raw" format. It is unlikely that these pictures will be
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